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Aisha Khan (politician)

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Aisha Khan (Ayesha Khan) is a Pakistani-born American politician from Baltimore County, Maryland.[1]. In 2018, she is running for the office of Maryland State Delegate in district 44B, a legislative district that encompasses the Baltimore suburbs of Catonsville, Lochearn, Liberty Heights, Woodlawn, Westview Park, West Hills, West Edmondale, Gwynn Oak, Woodmoore, and Howardsville. [2].

Early Life[edit | edit source]

Ayesha was born in Peshawar, Pakistan, a small city in the northernmost province of the country. Despite the area's conservatism, Ayesha and her sister both attended school with the support of her parents. Ayesha went on to attend college and obtain her bachelor's degree.

Coming to America[edit | edit source]

After completing her education, Ayesha came to the United States with her new husband, Raees. They settled in southwestern Baltimore County and found community in the Baltimore suburb of Catonsville, where they have lived since 2004. Together, they have three school-aged children, all of whom attend Baltimore County Public Schools.

Business[edit | edit source]

Before entering public life, Ayesha founded Kiddie Learning Center, a daycare center in Catonsville, Maryland [3]. The center is located off of US-40/Baltimore National Pike, serving the families of a busy and diverse Baltimore County corridor. The center is a participant in the Maryland EXCELS program for early childhood education, meeting or exceeding state standards for pre-school and early school-age education [4]. Kiddie Learning is open to children regardless of background and accepts students attending pre-school programs with the use of public voucher programs.

Community Service[edit | edit source]

As devoted members of the Greater Baltimore Muslim Council, Ayesha and her family have been actively involved community service and in interfaith programs in Baltimore County [5]. She has also worked with women in the local community to promote entrepreneurship and self-reliance among women.

Political Career[edit | edit source]

Ayesha began her career by running for Maryland State Delegate in District 44B. As a mother and small business owner, she was inspired to run for office by the challenges she encountered opening her own business. While Ayesha ultimately was able to open Kiddie Learning Center, she saw how a lack of access to resources could impede women, in particular mothers, from getting their business plans off the ground. As a candidate, Ayesha's platform includes fighting for quality schools close to children's homes, state investment in programs for new entrepreneurs, minority business owners, and women business owners, as well as investment in community service opportunities for all area residents, particularly young adults and teens [6]

References[edit | edit source]

  1. Elections, Maryland State Board of. "2018 Candidate Listing". elections.state.md.us.
  2. "Public Information Map". esri.
  3. "Our Staff – Kiddie Learning". kiddielearning.com.
  4. "Maryland EXCELS". olms.ctejhu.org.
  5. "Martin Luther King Jr. Day Interfaith Event Calls for Unity - JMORE". 16 January 2018.
  6. "Aisha Khan, Candidate for Maryland House of Delegates, 44B". Aisha For Change.


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